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by Edward Abbey

Edward Paul Abbey (January 29, 1927 - March 14, 1989) was an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues, criticism of public land policies, and anarchist political views. His best-known works include the novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, which has been cited as an inspiration by radical environmental groups, and the non-fiction work Desert Solitaire.
Download Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness epub
ISBN: 034527508X
ISBN13: 978-0345275080
Category: Science
Subcategory: Nature & Ecology
Author: Edward Abbey
Language: English
Publisher: Ballantine Books (1977)
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Rating: 4.7
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OK. To fully appreciate this accumulation of experiences and stories... you need to plan a trip to Southern Utah. ( Go during a "shoulder" season so you will not have too many crowds ). You really need to actually be there. To see the horizons and stirring landscapes. And you will need to let go of any preconceived attitudes about deserts - any requirements for 5-Star anything. Take this book along and read a few chapters each evening. And you will need to allow yourself enough time to just sit... listen.. and reflect. Visit Moab and the Arches N.P. and imagine how it once was not too long ago. Head off to Dead Horse Point and then down to the Needles area - both in Canyonlands N.P. If you can, camp for a night or two. Look for the La Sal Range on the eastern horizon. In this way, I think you will develop a better appreciation for Mr. Abbey's world. A couple of chapters might be considered a bit off point, but that's all part of the experience. So --- get the book, plan your adventure... and, if the Southwest is a new experience for you, I believe you will come back home with some remarkable impressions. All enhanced by "Desert Solitude".
I heard about this book at a party and just the way people talked about it fascinated me! These guys are true wanderers and adventurers, not big readers, and they LOVED this book. I heard that it was hard to get into because it is a memoir by a man who moved to almost completely undeveloped National Park in the desert and fell in love with it and wrote about it. The incredible thing is, he turned out to be a prolific writer who loved his subject and expresses his love in such moving, lyrical yet unsentimental and masculine fashion that you can't help but fall in love too.

I am a huge annotator of books, and love to highlight and mark comments next to passages in all my books that I want to return to. The whole book is like that for me. Every sentence shows the rare, sublime mystery of shadows, lights, passing moments of a living and breathing planet that accepts and watches all who travel through, inviting them to delve into the secrets and profound truths that only the wilderness can teach us. Now more than ever, we need to remember why America is so unutterably fragile, beautiful and worth protecting.
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness by Edward Abbey has a much deserved reputation of being one of the finest book written about the American West. Abbey spent time as a park ranger in Arches National Park in the late 60s, and in the process, traveled all around southern Utah and northern Arizona. This book is the outcome of that stay, yet it is so much more.

Abbey uses this book as a platform not only to make observations about the geography, fauna and flora of Utah, but as a place to vent his spleen at the destruction of the natural world, and the dehumanizing nature of our society. The book is also filled with humor, pathos, and great sensitivity. His prose is elastic, conversational at some points, poetic and profound at others.

Desert Solitaire is a master piece of non-fiction. Abbey moves from topic to topic with ease. Each piece stands alone, but they are interconnected. In a relatively short amount of space, he writes strongly and convincingly about a host of topics. For this skill, we can forgive him his obvious misanthropy. He hates everyone.
Not much to add that has not already been written by other reviewers. An excellent book. A real classic. The book gives greater meaning to recent arguments regarding "roadless" national parks. It may be this is when/where the argument first started. Abbey's views may be a bit extreme, but his points of contention have likely lead to healthy compromises and positive outcomes. Those who were raised in the city that read this book may be enlightened, others may never get it. In the book, Abbey uses the term, anthropocentric. I had to look it up. I've concluded Abbey's book begs the question, "Are humans, due to their superior intelligence, entitled to forcibly control nature and alter natural processes, or should humans, like all other species, adapt and defer to the power and wonder of nature?"